Demand for hospitality staff increases
Although several people are unemployed, the demand for skilled staff in the hospitality industry is growing which was identified from a survey last year.
In December last year, the industry ranked third on the list of industries on great demand for temporary staff. Although the temporary demand was to meet the needs of the festive season, it was far higher than last year’s demand. Last year the industry ranked seventh on the same list.
However, the demand for permanent staff was not as high as the demand for temporary staff compared to other industries but still the demand for permanent staff was high compared to previous years as it moved from the ninth position to seventh position.
REC chief executive Kevin Green said, “As we enter 2015 the jobs market continues its strong performance. Recruiters are helping an increasing number of businesses find new permanent employees, and skills shortages in most areas of the economy mean that competition for quality candidates is driving up starting salaries”.
He also said that the economic growth for the current year seems sustainable and the concern is that political uncertainty might have an influence on the market as the general election is nearing. As promised by the Left, the industry is expecting increased intervention by the government on labour market which is a question of Britain’s position in the EU. Partner and head of business services at KPMG, Bernard Brown said that businesses may start increasing salaries to ensure that the required manpower is available.